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Rashida Ray and the Crusaders will host three Big East foes in 2010-2011. (Ray Acevedo)
Rashida Ray and the Crusaders will host three Big East foes in 2010-2011. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Four Big East opponents, including three that will be visiting the Athletics-Recreation Center, highlight Valparaiso University’s 2010-2011 women’s basketball schedule which was released on Thursday by head coach Keith Freeman.

The Crusaders will open the season on November 12 at DePaul in the Preseason WNIT, the first of a minimum of three games in which Valpo will play during the event which runs through November 21 on campus sites.  The Blue Demons went 21-12 one year ago, advancing to the NCAA Tournament.

“We are excited to play in the WNIT this season,” Freeman said.  “It is one of two tournaments on our schedule, each of which is a different format.  The tournaments during the preseason really get you ready for the conference tournament at the end of the year.”

The Crusaders’ other three Big East foes all will visit the ARC during the November and December.  Cincinnati is the first team to visit, and will be making its first trip ever to Valparaiso on November 28.  In last year’s meeting in Cincinnati, Valpo led by four with under 10 minutes to play before a lengthy dry spell from the floor allowed the Bearcats to rally for the win.

Pittsburgh will make its first appearance at the ARC on December 11.  The Panthers went to the postseason WNIT in 2010. 

Notre Dame will be the final Big East opponent to visit the ARC this season.  The Fighting Irish have visited Valparaiso every other season since 2000, and are coming off a 29-6 record in 2009-2010.  Last year Notre Dame advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen before falling in overtime to Oklahoma.

“We have a very good home schedule this year, which should spark fan interest,” Freeman added.

In addition to Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Notre Dame, Ball State will make a visit to the ARC for the Crusaders’ home opener on November 24 while Chicago State visits on December 18.

Valpo will also compete at Evansville’s Tournament December 3-4 alongside Central Michigan and Coastal Carolina.  A visit to IPFW (Dec. 8) and Eastern Illinois (Dec. 30) round out the non-conference slate.

The 18-game Horizon League schedule begins on January 2 against instate rival Butler down in Indianapolis, the first of three straight road games to open conference action.  The league home opener is set for January 13 against Youngstown State, and Valpo will have its longest homestand of the year, four games, January 27 through February 5 when Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wright State, and Detroit visit town.

The regular season concludes with Senior Day on March 5 at the ARC when Butler visits while the Horizon League Championship is set for March 7-13 on campus sites.

W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo